Teaching Hospitals with New Residents Are Slightly More Dangerous

by | Feb 6, 2013 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice, Medication Errors, Surgical Errors |

Patients in Ohio may have heard of the “July Effect” before;
when teaching hospitals receive new medical residents in July, many people
believe that having any kind of surgery or medical procedure during the
month will raise the risk of medical malpractice. A new study says, however,
that there really isn’t a large increase in risk with being admitted
in July than at any other time of the year.

That is not to say that there are no dangers associated with being seen
by new medical residents. Those people admitted to the hospital during
July were typically at a higher risk of being sent to a long-term care
facility and postoperative infection. While researchers didn’t go
into detail about what caused these outcomes, it is possible that it had
to do with new, inexperienced doctors engaged in risky behaviors. Regardless
of what exactly happened, if there is evidence of medical malpractice
or negligence, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to get compensation
for injured patients.

While the lead author of the study has assured individuals that there is
no reason to avoid medical procedures in July, the threat of a postoperative
infection or long-term care facility is very real. For some of the most
vulnerable populations, an infection could wreak havoc on the body and,
in some cases, be fatal. Being sent to a long-term care facility like
a nursing home will also cost patients more money than they would have
otherwise budgeted. In these kinds of situations, it may be especially
important to file medical malpractice claims against negligent doctors
and residents.


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